Banned French doc enjoys its American theatrical debut

Film Forum, New York's not-for-profit cinema, brings French director Mosco Boucault's documentary Terrorists in Retirement to the big screen 16 years after its debut on - and subsequent ban from - French television.
January 10, 2001

French director Mosco Boucault’s film Terrorists in Retirement saw it’s American theatrical debut nearly 16 years after it was first broadcast and subsequently banned from French television in 1985, reports The New York Times.

The 84-minute film focuses on seven surviving members of the Manouchian Group – a unit of the French Resistance that was mainly composed of Jewish immigrants from Central Europe. Their leader, Missak Manouchian, was arrested and executed in 1944 along with 22 other resisters. Eventually, nearly all of the group’s 200 members where found and killed. The film rallied cries of protest from the French Communist Party prior to and following its broadcast on the government-owned Antenne-2, because it tells the story of how these immigrants were betrayed by their Communist leaders for political and anti-Semitic reasons.

Produced by Paris-based Zek Productions de Films, Terrorists was presented on Wednesday January 10, 2001, by the Joan S. Constantiner Jewish and Holocaust Film Fund at the Film Forum, a not-for-profit cinema in New York’s SoHo district. The film also received support from the Film Forum’s Documentary Fund, which provides support to docs from both emerging and established filmmakers.

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